My Journey Home: Life After the Holocaust

My Journey Home: Life After the Holocaust

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Zsuzsanna Ozsváth

Cherry Orchard Books
ISBN: 9781618119001 (hardcover) / 9781618119018 (paperback)
Pages: 178 pp.; 13 illus.
Publication Date: April 2019

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My Journey Home commences with the author’s childhood during the Holocaust in Hungary, when almost 500,000 of the resident Jews were deported and killed in Auschwitz. In Budapest, about 150,000 survived the German occupation as well as the dictatorship of the Hungarian National Socialists, which took over the power in October 1944: Ozsváth’s family belonged among those who lived. The author describes their life after the war in Communist-ruled Hungary, and her flight, together with her husband, to Germany and later to the USA. Ozsváth’s poignant story of survival, friendship, and love provides readers with a rare first-hand account of her extraordinary journey.

Zsuzsanna Ozsváth is Professor of Literary Studies and the History of Ideas and Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has published a number of books and articles in literary studies and on the Holocaust. She also studies and teaches the conflicts arising between the Holocaust and our notions of art, beauty, and morality.


A sequel to her masterful memoir When the Danube Ran Red, Zsuzsanna Ozsváth’s My Journey Home is a beautifully crafted love story brilliantly interwoven with the high drama of post-Holocaust history. Like fellow travelers, we join Zsuzsi and Pista on their journey from the horror of the Nazis to the terror of the Communists, then through Germany and on to America. We are enthralled by her art, as each page brims with poetry and pathos. My Journey Home is truly a literary masterpiece of the highest order.
— David Patterson, Hillel A. Fevinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies, University of Texas at Dallas

Table of Contents

1. Spring Meeting
2. Promise of the Night
3. Encountering Pista
4. In the Garden
5. The First Visit
6. The Rise of Terror
7. Fear
8. Hunger
9. The Wedding
10. Shadows and Light
11. The Railed Cot
12. Quiet Happiness
13. Under Terror
14. Living for the Moment
15. Playmates
16. Dangerous Winds
17. Deportations
18. A Decision
19. Voyage to the East
20. New Circumstances
21. Across the Border
22. New Life
23. Waiting for a Miracle
24. Hamburg
25. First Steps
26. Crisis
27. Major Changes
28. New Life
29. A Terrible Event
30. Becoming Parents
31. Pleasure and Grief
32. At Home
33. Teaching and Fulfillment
34. Past and Present
35. Threats
36. The Crush of the World
37. Life with and without Pista